ORCV Melbourne to Vanuatu (M2V)
Down, but not out.
Rowan Pollard and the crew aboard Slinky Malinky may be wishing they were in at Port Vila with the rest of the fleet, but thankfully, humour has not left them yet. They have been good enough to fire up the HF radio and send me a short email at 1545hrs AEST.
"We've decided that Slinky loves to do a touch of sight seeing, first it was at the Prom (Wilson's Promintory, all the way back in Victoria), when she wanted to stay the night, now it's New Caledonia, were slinky has decided that she needed a rest for couple of days! We currently have 2kts of wind, which, believe it or not, is about the most we've had for the day. Boat speed is an equally impressive 1.5kts. The direction of the wind appears to be from just about anywhere..."
"The galley has been working over time to keep up the crew spirits. Unfortunately tuna will not be on the menu tonight, as we don't have enough boat speed for the lure, even."
Well. This morning we did say they would be getting a good look at the islands and alas, such is the case. Seems the PredictWid models we displayed HERE, were very much correct. We can only say thank you for making the effort to keep us in the loop and we hope you get some lovely breezes in the night, as the land cools, to get you moving along.
The Slinkies. Our current Seamanship Poster Crew and what seems to a be very jovial bunch too! Pic © Steb Fisher.
Please remember, that if you want to find out where everyone is in the chase for the container of humanitarian aid that APC Logistics sent to Vanuatu for us, then please go HERE. Sked times are 4.30am and pm EST.
By John Curnow